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$600 to ~$750 general multi/all-purpose home pc

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July 20, 2009 11:20:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow or ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: $600-$750
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the web. Possibly other uses such was watching videos/HTPC
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: hard drive, optical drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, slickdeals.net
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to choose components around an Intel Core i7 920
OVERCLOCKING: I am willing to overclock, however I have no experience with overclocking. I am comfortable with it, if it is fairly easy and reliable
MONITOR RESOLUTION: unknown
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A client of mine wanted to buy a pc from Best Buy for about $600 or less, but accepted my offer to build a computer buying individual components for cheaper than what is available at Best Buy. As per a brief discussion with my client, he wants a device primarily for surfing only one foreign news related website with and the ability to watch videos in a browser environment. This was after he was excited by my build for him, however, I explained to him that I feel this build is too much for such a simple task. He then suggested maybe in the future he will have other use for it. However, perhaps a netbook or nettop would be suitable. His main concern is having a computer system that doesn't lag or isn't slow. His current computers are horrendously slow, even after my optimizing them for best performance. They are rather outdated computers from earlier this decade. I haven't used any netbooks or nettops, but perhaps they may be something I should consider?

CASE: $19.99 Rosewill R102-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
CPU: $279.99 Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
CPU COOLER: $7.99 ZALMAN ZM-CS4A Socket 1366 Clip Support Kit for CNPS9500/9700 - Retail
GPU: $39.99 ECS N9500GT-512MXL-F GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
MB: $194.99 ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
PSU: $32.99 Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - Retail
RAM: $89.99 OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

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July 20, 2009 11:35:44 PM

My client does not want a netbook or nettop. They want a desktop. Also, after having suggested to them that they could have multiple displays, keyboard and mice connected to the system allowing multiple users to use the system at once, they expressed interest in the idea, however, I am not sure it is a requirement for this build, but instead a potential. My build supports that potential.

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard:
3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (@ x16/x16/x4 mode) slots
1 PCI Express x1 slot
2 PCI slots
6 USB 2.0 slots
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July 21, 2009 12:02:40 AM

I wouldn't suggest getting such a high powered computer just for surfing the web, why not just get a Phenom II x3 710 with a cheap 790gx motherboard and use onboard graphics, 4gb ddr2 800 ram, and stock cooling?
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July 22, 2009 4:06:07 PM

Initially I thought $750 for the build was amazing, however, I guess it isn't? The case is horrid, and the gpu was intentionally minimal since the system won't be used for gaming, graphic/video design or anything similar, simply watching videos. Also, is the cpu cooler necessary?

Because I wasn't confident that the build would be worthy due to a crappy case, and I am unable to spend more, I started another build.

I compared prices to tomshardware cpu benchmarks (AVG, Photoshop, and a couple others) and after hours of analyzation I determined the best value to be AMD Phenom II X3 710 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model HDX710WFGIBOX - Retail.

Even the AMD Phenom II X3 720 seemed to not compare in benchmarks for $20 more.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In a few days/asap
BUDGET RANGE: $500-$750
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the web. Possibly other uses such was watching videos/HTPC
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: hard drive, optical drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: most inexpensive/best value
PARTS PREFERENCES:
OVERCLOCKING: I am willing to overclock, however I have no experience with overclocking. I am comfortable with it, if it is fairly easy and reliable
MONITOR RESOLUTION: unknown

PSU: Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - Retail (combo)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 710 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model HDX710WFGIBOX - Retail
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100254HDMI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
MB: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
CASE: Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (combo)
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
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July 22, 2009 4:17:04 PM

Here is a build that sorta fits into what you want. Maybe the video card is a little too powerful...but you can easily swap that out.


Antec 300 Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo: Phenom II x3 w/ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD/ Psu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gpu/Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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